It is an interesting reality – our personal energy. In some ways I have often had high energy… it is a clear gift. I see others do not have it in the same way it comes to me. But it is there in each of us. It is the power with which we each embrace life and live it.
Our energy for life is in some way tied particularly to our faith and values. It is a zeal for life itself and a strength of conviction allied to a sense of meaning and purpose. In times when I had become disillusioned or lost my way, my energy also waned until I found a new connection to meaning within myself.
There seems a correlation between the amount I give of myself in circumstances and the personal sense I have of it being in accord with my values. It is a faith that I am in the right place, or the right work or right standing with others….it is an outworking of my core beliefs about myself, my path and place at the time.
Faith in the rightness of things generates the energy that things are worth doing and enables me to go the extra mile when needed. Our commitment to our core beliefs, whether specifically religious or not, is lived out in small steps daily. We step out incrementally growing in our faith and test its limits.
Two Insights from Thich Nhat Hanh, Author and Buddist monk.
Taken from: “Taming the Tiger Within: Meditations on Transforming Difficult Emotions.”
“Faith is the outcome of your life. As faith continues to grow, you continue to get the energy, because faith is also an energy like love. If we look deeply into the nature of our love, we will also see our faith. When we have faith in us, we are no longer afraid of anything.”
“When you have faith, you have a lot of energy. When you believe in something really good, true, and beautiful, you are very alive.”